HuffPost Politics: Trump’s approval rating is historically low.
The Senate health care bill remains in a curious state of buoyancy― without enough support to go anywhere, but lacking enough opposition to sink.
Simply put: The bill is not dead, despite Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) vowing to vote against it and a healthy coalition of more than a half-dozen Republicans who have “serious concerns,” according to Collins.
With Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recovering from a surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) officially does not have the votes to bring the GOP health care bill to the floor. Facing that reality, he delayed the vote yet again.
But there’s a lesson in that delay: McConnell believes he can actually pass this. If he didn’t, with the backlog of legislative items already keeping senators in session into their August break, he could just take a failed vote and clear the measure from his calendar. He’s not doing that ― at least not yet.
At this point, any one Republican senator could cast serious doubt on the passage of this bill if he or she were to announce firm opposition to it. No one has taken that opportunity.
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Nearly six months into his presidency, President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are stuck at historic lows. Only 36 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance as president, according to a new poll.
Sean Spicer still insists Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting was about adoptions. It wasn’t, according to everyone but Sean Spicer.
Trump’s “Made in America” week is already backfiring spectacularly. The president and his family have relied heavily on foreign manufacturing.
Fifteen states use easily hackable voting machines. Touch-screen machines can be programmed to change votes and are nearly impossible to audit, computer experts say.
Russia spent a fortune shilling for Trump — and may not have broken any laws. U.S. election laws never contemplated a foreign power inventing fake news and spreading it on the internet to influence an election.
The Trump administration is adding more foreign guest worker visas. Trump vowed during the campaign to discourage businesses from using foreign workers and to focus on hiring Americans first. But as president, he has faced bipartisan demand for allowing more temporary workers, not fewer.